FOUNTAIN CITY NEWS Welcomes Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (KBJ) to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Washington, DC – Fountain City News has issued the following words of congratulations to newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

She is now officially the 116th Justice and member of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS), which makes her the first Black woman and first third-generation A.M.E. to serve on the nation's highest court. 

She replaces former Justice Stephen Breyer, who retired from the bench on yesterday. Justice Jackson, 51, was confirmed in April, when the Senate voted 53 to 47 on her nomination.

Justice Jackson took both a constitutional oath (administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.) and a judicial oath, administered by Justice Breyer. The brief swearing-in ceremony took place in the West Conference Room at the Supreme Court. In attendance were her two daughters, and her husband, Dr. Patrick G. Jackson. She was sworn in on her own family Bible and a King James Version that belongs to the Court.

“For the first time in our nation’s history, young Black women who pursue legal careers can look up within the highest court in our nation and see their own futures and potential represented. When Justice Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court in 2009 under President Barack Obama, the nation was elated. Today, that same pride and energy resonates within the Black community."

Justice Jackson was exceptionally qualified to accept this role, not only as a woman who has seen racial bias firsthand, but with her filled plate of civil rights and criminal defense experience, she represents a SCOTUS that will be more balanced and better represent a population that has been solidly judicially undermined in the Justice Department along this nation's history and also since the retirement of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Today is not only a day that Justice Jackson can be proud of, but that the United States can be proud of as well.

Congratulations Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson and welcome to your new seat on the Supreme Court of the United States!

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